Skip to main content
Select Source:

family, stem

family, stem Through field studies of family organization, Frédéric Le Play (1806–82) claimed to have distinguished four fundamental family types: namely, patriarchal, unstable, particularist and stem. The stem family was described as a more flexible modification of the patriarchal type. It was said to be typical of Central Europe, Spain, and Scandinavia; was the ideal for stability and prosperity; and consisted of six or seven members, typically free labourers or farm tenants, with clear intergenerational inheritance of either tenancy or smallholding.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"family, stem." A Dictionary of Sociology. . Encyclopedia.com. 13 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"family, stem." A Dictionary of Sociology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 13, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/family-stem

"family, stem." A Dictionary of Sociology. . Retrieved December 13, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/family-stem

stem family

stem family See FAMILY, STEM.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"stem family." A Dictionary of Sociology. . Encyclopedia.com. 13 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"stem family." A Dictionary of Sociology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 13, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/stem-family

"stem family." A Dictionary of Sociology. . Retrieved December 13, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/stem-family